Remote Disc - It's Time to know how this Apple tool works.

Posted by Mini Drive on 2016-05-17

Hey folks!

As promised in the previous post, we will teach you how to use the Apple Remote Disc. This tool allows you to access a CD or DVD even if your MacBook is not equipped with a CD drive. As we have explained beforeit is not possible listen songs recorded on a CD or watch a movie recorded on a DVD using this tool. Let's review the restrictions on the use of Remote Disc?

  • Audio CDs

  • Blu-ray or DVD movies

  • Copy-protected discs (such as game discs)

  • CDs or DVDs you want to record or delete

  • Microsoft Windows installation disks

An interesting feature of this tool is that you can use it both Mac to Mac, as Windows for Mac.
Mac to Mac: You can access the other Mac CD drive using Remote Disc.
From Windows to Mac: You can access the CD drive of a Windows computer using Update 1.0 DVD or CD Sharing for Windows.

As well as most native tools of OS X, Remote Disc is quite intuitive and simple to use. Let's start with the process Mac to Mac, then follow these steps if you are trying to access a disc in the CD drive of another MacBook.

  1. In the Mac that has the CD drive, select System Preferences on the Apple menu.

  2. Click on 'Share' icon on the System Preferences window.

  3. In the 'Computer Name' field, enter a name that is easy to recognize.

  4. Select the check box "DVD or CD Sharing."

The option, "Ask me before allowing others to use my DVD drive" allows you to select who can use your drive, this can be useful if you are using the computer in a public or crowded area. After configuring the Mac that will lend the CD drive for you, it is time to access that drive from the Mac that does not have a CD drive. This procedure is the same for Windows computer.

  1. In the Mac that has no CD drive, open a Finder window.

  2. Select 'Disc Remote' in the 'Devices' section of the sidebar. You should see the computer with the "DVD or CD Sharing" enabled. Remember the name he gave to that computer.

  3. Double-click the Computer icon and then click Connect

Now let's set up a Windows PC to provide the CD drive for your Mac. Follow these steps on the computer that has the CD drive:

  1. Download and install DVD or CD Sharing Setup Update for Mac v1.0. Apple provides the application you need to use the tool with a Windows computer.

  2. In Control Panel, open "Hardware and Sound".

  3. Click "DVD or CD Sharing Options".

  4. Select the check box to DVD or CD Sharing.

The option, "Ask me before allowing others to use my DVD drive" has the same function in this case, lets you select who can access your CD drive. If Windows computer is protected with firewall, you must allow access to ODSAgent and RemoteInstallMacOSX programs. Now just access the Mac without CD drive and follow the steps indicated just above. If you have skipped to the part that mentions the process on Windows computers, we will explain again.

  1. In the Mac that has no CD drive, open a Finder window.

  2. Select 'Disc Remote' in the 'Devices' section of the sidebar. You should see the computer with the "DVD or CD Sharing" enabled. Remember the name he gave to that computer.

  3. Double-click the Computer icon and then click Connect

You finished, now you can see the disc contents, inserted in a computer with CD drive through your Mac without CD drive.
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